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The Amazing Race recap: 'Bucket List Type Stuff'

Items are checked off a bucket list and a passport is lost

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Monty Brinton/CBS

The Amazing Race

type:
TV Show
genre:
Reality TV
run date:
03/08/01
performer:
Phil Keoghan
Producer:
Jerry Bruckheimer
broadcaster:
CBS
seasons:
29
Current Status:
In Season

It’s only the third leg, and there is all sorts of drama. I guess that’s understandable when you have eighteen strangers traipsing the globe together. Some are great, some are neutral, and most are stoked to be in the competition at all. Liz and Michael are dominating. London and Logan “aren’t going to get caught up in all the BS.” And Sara is ticked that Shamir is still talking bout his junk.

It’s a new dawn, people. That means a new route. Adjust that backpack and break out the sunscreen, because we are going to Africa.

All teams are on the exact same flight traveling to Tanzania in search of the Askari Monument. That means the playing field has officially been leveled. They have to find a clue buried in the newspaper. Beware: There’s a double U-Turn ahead. Cue the butt clenches!

Since they arrive in the dark, everyone dons a headlamp so they can thoroughly scour the newspaper for clues. A-ha! They have to take a ferry to Zanzibar. To the terminal! Everyone follows each other in an orderly line, barely noticing Matt and Redmond cutting their competitors and random Tanzanians to jump ahead. This infuriates Ashton. STRIKE TWO! The entire cast makes it onto the same ferry. Watch out #TeamBoys. To quote T-Swift, “Now we’ve got bad blood.”

All teams rush off the boat and crawl into taxis. It’s fate, now. Who will have the fastest mode of transportation, and will they have the chutzpah to make another team U-Turn?

Why, yes. Yes they will. Joey and Tara U-Turn Seth and Olive. It is a smart choice, considering they are one of the stronger teams. Vanck and Ashton arrive second and U-Turn Redmond and Matt. TAKE THAT, MEAN BOYS. Both teams run to the DETOUR:

Build It: Make a desk, walk it through the village, and deliver it to a classroom
Weave It: Weave two baskets out of coconut leaves

At this point, all of the teams are seconds behind the others. They all have to hop in another boat to get to the DETOUR. As teams launch into various canoe-looking vessels, many begin to talk smack to one another. And by “many,” I mean Redmond. He thinks only weak people use the U-Turn, and he encourages Vanck and Ashton to take cover because revenge will be sweet.

This is coming from the man who did not honor his gentlemanly agreement by countering, “It’s a race.”

Most of the teams choose to Build It. They find several pieces of a desk, a handful of dowels, and a tool to use as a hammer. There were zero instructions and no guide. Happy hammering!

Joey and Tara truck along. Shamir complains, admitting that his sister builds all of his IKEA furniture. Liz, Michael, Vance, and Ashton make it work. Shamir gets a splinter and whimpers. An African man shakes his head. Team Fun whistles while they work. All is well.

The two teams who choose Weave It are having a hard time. A sweet man by the name of Butterfly shimmies up a tree and hands Matt and London a branch. London is excited. She’s all about the crochet, for crying out loud. This should be a piece of cake!

Untrue. When Matt and Redmond move on to their second basket before her one, she talks Logan into switching to Build It.

Meanwhile, Liz and Mike are the first team to have their desk inspected. After they find a missing dowel, they get the A-OK and hoist their desk so they can carry it through the village to the school. Seth and Olive are next, which would be a big deal if they didn’t have to go Weave It after they deliver their handiwork. They are right behind Joey and Tara.

Seth and Olive arrive at the basket-weaving place. Matt and Redmond are still there. Redmond begins to make fun of Policeman Seth, claiming that he probably wants to shoot his basket. Or arrest it. What is this guy’s deal? Why is Redmond being so tacky all the time? Is he a poor loser? While I ponder this dude’s attitude, they get the “all good” sign on their baskets and head to Build It.

All of the desk people are floored to see #TeamBoys stroll up. Tensions rise with the remaining teams.

Liz and Mike are the first to deliver their desk. They head to the ROAD BLOCK at the Darajani Market, where they have to buy a ton of unfamiliar food on a very long list. Liz sends the butcher in to do his thing. He’s followed by Joey and Vanck. Other teams arrive shortly after, and Brooke, Floyd, and London team up to cover more ground. It is the worst decision ever.

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